ASUS DRW-1608P review:

ASUS DRW-1608P

Although the Asus DRW-1608P does not excel in any particular area, it held its own overall against numerous (and pricier) competitors in CNET Labs' tests. In 16X +R and -R burning, the DRW-1608P led the pack, burning a 4.4GB video file in just 5 minutes, 41 seconds and 5 minutes, 56 seconds, respectively, edging out the Sony DRU-800A (check back soon for a review). The Asus ripped the same 4.4GB video in a poky 13 minutes, 55 seconds, which was faster than the Memorex 16X16X (15 minutes, 58 seconds) but far behind the Plextor PX-716A (a speedy 6 minutes, 5 seconds). In double-layer +R burning, the 6X DRW-1608P soundly trounced the 4X drives but lagged behind the 6X Plextor, burning the 7.9GB disc in 18 minutes, 49 seconds and ripping it in 26 minutes, 47 seconds. The Asus DRW-1608P was the quickest of the group at writing -RW discs but the slowest at writing +RW discs. Finally, the Asus DRW-1608P scored dead last at both burning and ripping audio CDs, so music enthusiasts may want to consider the Samsung WriteMaster TS-H552B instead.

DVD movie rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
4.4GB DVD Video burn test  
4.4GB DVD Video rip test (from DVD Video)  

Double-layer DVD movie rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
7.9GB DVD Video burn test  
7.9GB DVD Video rip test (from DVD Video)  
* The Asus and Plextor drives write to 2.4X DVD+R double-layer media at 6X
** The Memorex and Sony drives write to 2.4X DVD+R double-layer media at 4X

CD Audio rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
74:35 CD Audio burn test  
74:35 CD Audio rip test  
RW read/write tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
4.22GB RW write test  
4.22GB RW read test  

*Unless otherwise mentioned, all write tests are run with Verbatim media, rated at the drive's maximum speed.

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Asus offers a standard one-year warranty for the DRW-1608P. Phone support is available 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. The help is free, but you'll pay for the toll call. Additional support is available through Asus's Web site, which includes e-mail tech support, FAQs, downloads, a user forum, and answers to common troubleshooting questions.

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